Ousted Tunisian strongman convicted of corruption charges
June 20th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Ousted Tunisian strongman convicted of corruption charges

A Tunisian court sentenced ousted President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife to 35 years in prison in absentia on Monday after a one-day trial on corruption charges.

Ben Ali (pictured) and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, have been living in exile in Saudi Arabia since the January revolt that ended his 23-year rule and touched off a wave of uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East. In addition to the prison term, the court imposed a fine of 91 million dinars ($65 million).

The trial began Monday morning in a packed courtroom in Tunis, and a verdict and sentence were handed down Monday night. Ben Ali and Trabelsi were represented by a team of court-appointed Tunisian lawyers.

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    Will this Zine ben Ali see the inside of a prison where he belongs? I somehow doubt it. Instead, he will most probably spend the rest of his life in Saudi Arabia living like a king!!!

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